1 Corinthians 15:55
O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?”
1 Corinthians 15:51-58
⁵¹Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, ⁵²in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.
⁵³For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality.
⁵⁴But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “Death is swallowed up in victory.
⁵⁵O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”
⁵⁶The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; ⁵⁷but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
⁵⁸Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.
Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord.
One day a woman died. She did not really die. It was not a total extinction when she died a physical death.
A bystander heard her say, “I have always prayed God to let me live to see my five boys grown up, but if it is His will to take me now, I am ready to go.” She seemed to go down to the water’s edge and await her release.
She asked, “Why is not the silver cord loosed, or the wheel broken at the cistern ?”
When one sees a loved one face death in that spirit, the words of our text take on new meaning. They come alive. “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?”
For one who lives life in accord with God’s will, death has no sting: and in his death the grave has no victory.
Rather death provides the only open door that leads into those many mansions Jesus has gone to prepare for those who believe in Him as Savior and Master
▪︎ Ask God to grant you the desire to help Him to make the world a better place in which to live.
▪︎ Ask God to help you to be stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord.
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